Operations and Place Shaping Directorate

perations and Place Shaping Executive Director

James Hassett

Executive Director (Operations and Place Shaping)

Havant Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council

Tel: 023 9244 6520  

Email: james.hassett@havant.gov.uk

With considerable experience in successfully negotiating high value (£80m+) commercial contracts, managing large and complex programmes (£500m+) and delivering a number of high profile projects, James’ background inboth public and private sectors is ideally suited to the role of Executive Director (Operations and Place Shaping).

A qualified project manager, James has also worked extensively with ISO9001 approaches and techniques. James’ role will assist in embedding a culture of performance and entrepreneurship across both local authorities.

Heads of Service

Natalie Meagher

Head of Neighbourhood Support

Havant Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council

Tel: 023 9244 6561

Email: natalie.meagher@havant.gov.uk


With over fifteen years management experience, Natalie has proven experience of managing an eclectic range of services that support both HBC & EHDC. Responsible for Parking & Traffic Management, Community Safety & Neighbourhood Quality, Environmental Enforcement, Environmental Health, Pest Control and Planning Enforcement, Natalie focuses on efficiently providing customer led, insight fed outcomes. Key in developing current (and forthcoming) business opportunities for EHDC, Natalie manages services sold to local authorities and external companies.

Tracey Wood

Head of Housing

Havant Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council

Tel: 023 9244 6626

Email: tracey.wood@easthants.gov.uk


With over thirty years of experience working in local government, Tracey provides core strategic guidance for both HBC and EHDC on housing and community services, and works with a variety of customers, commissioners and local agencies. Leading a strong, dedicated team, Tracey’s responsibilities include dealing with issues such as homelessness, community engagement and development, strategy formulation, and coordinating activities regarding the impact of Welfare Reform.

Andy Biltcliffe

Head of Planning (HBC only)

Havant Borough Council

Tel: 023 9244 6511

Email: andrew.biltcliffe@havant.gov.uk


With thirty years experience of successful planning at all levels in Hampshire, Andrew provides the experience, skills and leadership to take forward Havant’s planning service into the increasingly commercialised and performance driven future. Andrew heads up strong Planning Development, Planning Policy and the Civil Engineering and Landscaping teams. These are at the forefront of local plan making, providing commercial services throughout Hampshire and making a positive contribution to sustaining the prosperity of Havant and the wider area.

Lyall Cairns

Head of Coastal Partnership (HBC only)

Havant Borough Council

Tel: 023 9244 6453

Email: lyall.cairns@havant.gov.uk


Lyall leads the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership, representing a multiauthority approach to reducing the risk of coastal flooding and erosion, and managing the local coastline. A trained Civil Engineer with over 25 years experience and Vice Chairman of the Southern Coastal Group, Lyall has overseen the development of Coastal Policies, implemented numerous multi million pound projects and transformed day to day service delivery utilising the latest developments in technology.